Courtesy of Post University Athletics
AMHERST, N.Y. (December 1, 2016) – The Post University volleyball team's record-breaking season came to a close on Thursday night with a 3-2 loss to No. 2 seed Daemen in the first round of the NCAA East Regional Championship in Amherst, N.Y. The Eagles finish the year with a record of 26-6.
The night started great for Post as it took the first five points of the match and rolled in set one. The Eagles took their largest lead at 23-11 after sophomore Brianna Root recorded her third service ace of the set. Post had six aces in the first as it grabbed a 25-17 victory.
Daemen got off to a hot start in the second set as it jumped in front 12-5. The Eagles chipped away at the deficit and used a 5-0 run to pull within two at 18-16. Sophomore Sarah Seger had two of her team-high four aces during the stretch. Back-to-back blocks by senior Nicole Brown made the score 22-20 in favor of Daemen before the Wildcats scored the final three points to knot the match up 1-1.
Set three was close until a 5-0 run by the Eagles put them in front 20-13. Daemen could not recover and senior Skylar German blocked a shot by Courtney Bernard to give the Eagles a 25-17 victory and a 2-1 lead in the match.
The fourth set was the most competitive of the night as neither team led by more than three points. Post led 11-10, but Daemen answered with four straight points as the Eagles called a timeout. Out of the break, the Eagles stormed back to take a 16-15 lead, but Daemen would gain control once again. Down 21-18, Post scored three points to tie. The Wildcats forced a decisive fifth set with a 25-21 victory.
Daemen looked to run away with the final set as it pulled in front 9-3. The Eagles would not go down easily and a block by Brown and senior Morgan Griffin cut the lead to 10-7 and forced a Wildcat timeout. Post continued to keep Daemen on its heels as German pulled the Eagles within one at 13-12 with a late kill. The Wildcats scored the final two points to take the match.
German was the lone Eagles with double-digit kills as she finished with 14 to go with 18 digs and four blocks. Root added 33 assists, 19 digs, and three aces. Junior Sarah Ryder added 17 digs. Brown led all players with six blocks, including two solo stops.
The set victories for Post were the first in an NCAA Regional in program history. The Eagles 26 wins are the most since 2004 and the second-most in team history.